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Coleman honored in special JBLM ceremony



Coleman's daugher Jessica (left), widow Barbie (center), and mother Alice Eshelman stand before the plaque indicating that the Special Forces compound at JBLM is now known as the Coleman Compound.

A military serviceman from Centerville killed in action was posthumously honored in a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) on Dec. 10. The special forces compound there was renamed in his honor.

Master Sergeant Mark Coleman, a 1988 Goldendale High School Graduate who grew up in Centerville, lost his life serving his country during a third tour of duty in Afghanistan on May 2, 2010. The JBLM special forces area is now called the Coleman Compound.


A MEMORY HONORED: Master Sergeant Mark Coleman of Centerville, shown in his service photo.

Among those in attendance at the dedication ceremony in Coleman's honor were his daughter, Jessica Rosenow; his widow, Barbie Coleman; and his mother, Alice Eshelman. His son, Sergeant Brett Coleman, also in the Army, is currently stationed at Ft. Richardson, Alaska. The younger Coleman was unable to attend the dedication ceremony but commented that this was typical of his father, "to be still wowing people this long after he is gone."

Coleman was a 22-year veteran of the Army. His career saw him progress steadily through into the upper enlisted ranks and into some of the most elite groups of American fighting forces. His years of service took him all over the world, including South Korea, Australia, The Philippines, Thailand, and all across the United States. His final assignment was to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), headquartered at JBLM.

Coleman's awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and many others. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart for his actions in combat.

-Jim Fisher, for The Sentinel


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